The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 12

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My twelfth #bookvent selection is one which is the latest in a long running series of action books featuring a strong and independent female character in a predominantly man’s world. I came late to the series (quelle surprise …) but have loved catching up with the protagonist since. Featuring all that I love about a good action thriller – character, tension, thrills and explosive storytelling, my day twelve bookvent choice is:

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Bad Turn by Zoë Sharp

One bad turn…deserves another.

Charlie Fox has quit her job in close protection, been turned out of her apartment, and is apparently out of options.

House-sitting in rural New Jersey has to be the pits—TV and TV dinners. A far cry from Iraq… Bulgaria… Afghanistan. Unlucky or not, she happens to be around at the right time to foil a violent kidnap attempt on Helena, wife of billionaire arms dealer, Eric Kincaid.

Kincaid offers her a job looking after Helena. The rumours about Kincaid’s business empire say he’s gone over to the dark side, but Charlie is in no position to be fussy. And protecting people against those who want to do them harm is what she’s good at. But when the threats against the Kincaids escalate, and then follow the couple over to Europe, Charlie’s really going to have to up her game. It’s time to take the fight to the enemy.

Charlie’s at her best putting an end to trouble. Now she must learn to strike first. And hope that the Kincaids don’t discover the secret she’s been keeping from them, right from the start.

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What a superb character Charlie Fox is. A former close protection officer with a very difficult past, she is tough, down to earth, independant and exactly the kind of person you want on your side. Relying on her instincts as much as her intellect, she is sharp and quick and a brilliant character. Finding herself drawn into a private job protecting the wife of a man of, how shall I put it, somewhat dubious character, Charlie is put at the heart of a treacherous and potentially deadly war between rival arms dealers. I absolutely love the way in which Zoë Sharp feeds action into the story in a believable but edge of the seat kind of way. She has a real way of setting the scene, building the tension and escalating the thrill level that gets your adrenalin pumping. She has made Charlie Fox feel really authentic, drawing on her own experiences to develop a female lead who stands out in a crowd, is fallible and human and yet regularly outwits her male counterparts, but not in a way which feels forced or exaggerated. And this story also has Schade who I would say you have to read to understand. He is twisted, as untrustworthy as any character I have ever met – you get the real feeling he’d sell his mother if he thought there was a profit in it – but so thoroughly appealing that I am glad to hear the author has future plans for him. If you love a good action thriller, you will love this book. Definitely recommended.

You can read my full review right here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen

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